Our Exterior Lights Are In + Exclusive Barn Light Electric Coupon

Oh hey!!! Alright, do you remember the great debate that we had over which of the amazing Barn Light Electric exterior lights to put on the front of the Merc?! There are just SO MANY good options (if you’re looking for some ideas check out the post to see my faves!) Wellllll it’s reveal day!!


I went back and forth for a few days and ultimately ended up with the Rosco in Black. There was just something about the porcelain finish that was so perfectly vintage, I couldn’t pass it up!

The porcelain finish is the stuff dreams are made of. (It’s not paint!) The shades are made from steel and then finished with porcelain enamel. If you’ve ever seen a porcelain light you know what I’m talking about, the finish is thick, even on a smooth flat surface you can tell that there is some oomph to it. Its smooth and glossy and just so so good.

The arms that I chose are the G64, and let me tell you, I feel really happy about that decision. There are things that I’ve second guessed with the Merc, especially lighting (if you follow my instastories you’ve been along for that ride 😭😂) and the second I saw these arms in person I knew that there was no better decision in the world.

They are 23″ long and even though the front of the Merc can handle some pretty hefty stuff (because it’s so tall) I feel like the back door looks equally as awesome, maybe even more so. All of this to say that even if you don’t have a tall house, they could still work on yours!

All of the lights have a photocell, which means that they automatically turn on when the sun goes down, like street lights! Court bought some high wattage bulbs (maybe a little too high wattage) and it looks like a completely different building, especially when it’s all lit up. I may have broke into “Every Light In The House” circa Trace Atkins 1996 when they came on for the first time, but I feel pretty good about it and my neighbors didn’t seem to mind. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Also I am SO EXCITED because Barn Light Electric is offering Vintage Revivals readers 20% off!! Guys, this is a huge honor for me because their sales are few and far between. If you’re looking at lighting (indoor and outdoor) you’ve got a month to make it happen, that’s when the code expires! Use code is VR20 at checkout and please share it with your friends and family, there are always people on the hunt for great lighting and Barn Light Electric is the mothership.

Now for the fine print

  • This offer is not valid for already discounted merchandise, gift certificates or clearance items, and cannot be combined with other offers, promotions, or trade discounts (including trade memberships).
  • Products located under Discount Lighting, Vintage Items, Clearance Lighting, Gift Certificates, and Quick Ship Lighting are excluded from this coupon code.
  • To receive this discount, enter “VR20” in the “discount coupon code” field. Offer expires Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST and cannot be applied to purchases made before Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.

So I’m dying to know, do you think I made the right choice?!

HUGE thank you to Barn Light Electric for sponsoring our amazing lights and passing along our exclusive coupon code! xx



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The Purchase of the Granary, How It All Shook Out & What We’d Like To Do With It

Hey hey!

THANK YOU so much for the massive excitement over our big announcement!! I cant tell you how great it feels to share, I’m an open book through and through and even though the closing was really quick it was hard to keep my lips zipped! I got a lot of the same questions on our announcement so lets dive a little deeper into it, shall we?

How did we actually end up with it?

From the birth of the Merc, I knew that I wanted to buy the Granary property, or at least a small portion of the property (especially the parking lot behind the Merc) and we’d always been very open with the neighbors about that. They’d listed the entire property (house included) on the MLS twice since we bought the Merc, but it was extremely far out of our budget and we didn’t really need a whole new house to renovate (though a mid-century rambler would have been fun!) We’d even worked with our FAVORITE real estate agent to try to find a buyer for the house so we could take the property, but it just wasn’t working out.

Our neighbors were very concerned with the windows in Phase 2 being opened and though it’s perfectly fine (cause it’s our building to do that to) he didn’t want them to ruin the look of the restaurant or his mural. We also weren’t super stoked about it. So over Christmas break, he came by to address his concerns again and Court decided to make him an offer on the property. They accepted and we went under contract right after.

These are the windows from the inside of the Merc:

By no means did we get a steal of a deal on the property, BUT we have piece of mind about the easement and now we have another potential income source so I think it was worth the leap of faith. I guess we’ll find out!

Can you keep the restaurant?

We cant, the kitchen to the restaurant (as well as the bathroom) was in the carport of their house and not included in the sale of the property. Unless we want to build a detached commercial kitchen on the property we’re officially out of the restaurant business…for the time being.

What are you going to use it for?!

My dream is to use it as a fluid space. Rent it out to photographers, have events there, use the Granary for an Airbnb, host girlfriend retreats, really just do whatever I want with it. I’m not sure how the planning commission is going to feel about this hippy business style but we’ll see!

Speaking of Airbnb, southern Utah has some pretty strict no residential Airbnb rules, but I think our zoning (commercial mixed use) will make to so we can eeek around that rule, hopefully. I’ll keep you guys posted.

When is the renovation going to start?

Great question!! I’m thinking we need to start charging for Merc tours to fund it😂 We used all of the money that we had set aside for Phase 2 to buy this property and it happened at just the perfect time, had we started on the reno already it would have complicated things more. So TBD I guess? We don’t want to get a loan for it, so it might be more of a here a little there a little depending on what needs to be done.

What’s your plan for the yard space?

Let me preface this by saying that I know NOTHING about gardening. Luckily our neighbor is still next door and hopefully will help me figure it out!  The plan right now it to wait but I would love to find a way to keep the secret garden vibe and make it more modern. There’s a lot of trellis happening but I love all of the climbing plants and need to find an awesome alternative before I go all crazy. Also, some of the climbing plants have totally taken over the trellis situation and I don’t want to kill them, sooooo if youre a master gardener and want to weigh in I’d love some ideas!!

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